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Like Father Like Son

Both Gaddafi and his son, Seiful Islam El-Gaddafi are wasting millions of dollars to polish their images overseas, while Libyans languish in miserable conditions at home.

Seif spends millions of dollars in ransom money, stolen from Libya's treasury, to secure release of foreign hostages, held in the jungles of the Philippines and other remote locations of the globe. His purpose is to portray himself as a humane and caring individual. It would be far cheaper and more meaningful to open his fatherís countless jails and release the thousands of Libyan prisoners at home. As a charitable gesture toward the long-suffering Libyans, why doesn't Seif's Charitable Foundation intercede with his despotic father to lift the travel ban on 12,000 decent Libyans?

Gaddafi grants millions of dollars to international public relations' firms and lobbyists to improve his image to the outside world, while he abuses and oppresses Libyans inside Libya. The days when Gaddafi can hide his internal oppression from the rest of the world are over; Libyan expatriates should make sure that the international community is well aware of what Gaddafi is doing inside and outside of Libya.

Finally, I ask those Libyan expatriates, who speak well of Seif, to explain their rationale. I simply fail to see any merit in the man. Isnít Seif, the son of a despotic father and a "chip of the old block," inheriting all his father's evil traits? All Libyansí vital interests are best served by a democratic government, founded on a constitution and the rule of law, and not through assurances of a mini despot.

Sincerely,

Mohamed M. Bugaighis, Ph.D


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